Monday, March 06

Music Monday: Music Madness Drama Recap

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year Scott's been forced honored with the keys to the event. We call it... MUSIC MADNESS!!

The rules are simple. We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! Additionally, you might want to check out the master list so or maybe take a look at other people's brackets. One of them might just win a trophy!

Today, though, Scott's gonna devote Music Monday to four upcoming battles that are connected to some in-house drama. That's right. We're gonna take you behind the scenes.

90s Bracket: Deep Blue Something - Breakfast At Tiffany's vs Chumbawumba - Tubthumping

 

This battle has a serious side: Scott didn't originally want Chumbawumba in this bracket. Scott's boss forced h im to include it. You don't want Scott's boss to win this one, do you? Remember: a vote for Deep Blue Something is a vote for freedom and justice.

It's not a Madness without some drama! Four more serious battles previewed after the jump.

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Saturday, March 04

 

Friday, March 03

Music Madness: Round One: The '80s

by Madness Comissioner


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year's rules are simple. We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page.

You can also play along at home with your very own bracket full of initials! We used initials because the song/artist combo didn't fit onto one page. You can find out what they all stand for on the master list right here. Use all that information to make your own brackets in advance, and post 'em to the comments of this thread. You might just win a trophy! Seriously! We're gonna give away real trophies at the end of this thing.

We'll be selecting trophy winners in three categories: Most Right Answers, Least Right Answers, and Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket. See? You can be right, or you can be wrong, or you can be talented. You've got until Monday to post your brackets in the comments of this thread for trophy consideration. Or you can just be lazy and play along by voting via our Facebook page every Wednesday and Friday. Follow your heart.

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Thursday, March 02

 

Wednesday, March 01

Music Madness: Round One: The '70s

by Madness Comissioner


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year's rules are simple. We've created four brackets ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each one. Each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page.

You can also play along at home with your very own bracket full of initials! We used initials because the song/artist combo didn't fit onto one page. You can find out what they all stand for on the master list right here. Use all that information to make your own brackets in advance, and post 'em to the comments of this thread. You might just win a trophy! Seriously! We're gonna give away real trophies at the end of this thing.

We'll be selecting trophy winners in three categories: Most Right Answers, Least Right Answers, and Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket. See? You can be right, or you can be wrong, or you can be talented. You've got until Monday to post your brackets in the comments of this thread for trophy consideration. Or you can just be lazy and play along by voting via our Facebook page every Wednesday and Friday. Follow your heart.

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Tuesday, February 28

The Debunker: Are Potato Chip Bags Filled with Air?

by Ken Jennings

Great news, everyone—the Idaho Potato Commission has named February as its official Potato Lovers' Month! In the commission's own words, this is a time to "explore Idaho® Potato versatility from a different and exciting angle." Some of us in the other forty-nine states sadly don't get to take all of Potato Lovers' Month off work, like they probably do in Idaho, but we can celebrate in other ways. For example, we've asked Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, who lives in an Idaho-adjacent state, to correct any morsels of our potato knowledge that might be a little half-baked.

The Debunker: Are Potato Chip Bags Filled with Air?

It's called "slack fill" in the industry: the strategy of surrounding snack products with empty space. The idea isn't to mislead consumers into thinking their bag contains many more potato chips than it actually does—though I'm sure that doesn't hurt. (Chips are labeled and sold by weight, not volume, so there's no truth-in-advertising lawsuit to be waged here.) The extra cushioning is mostly there to prevent breakage during manufacture and transit.

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Monday, February 27

Music Monday: Music Madness Is Here

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! For those who don't know, each year we do a special March Bracket Event on our site. This year Scott's been forced honored with the keys to the event. We call it MUSIC MADNESS and it's a challenge to find the best one-hit wonder!

The rules are simple: it works just like that other bracket-based madness that happens in March. We've chosen four notable eras of music ('70s, '80s, '90s and '00s) and picked sixteen one-hit wonders for each era. Each Wednesday and Friday in March, you'll be able to vote via our Facebook page to help determine the winners! Today Scott's showing off a little preview, but there are 64 differerent songs facing off! Wanna see 'em all? The song/artist combo didn't fit onto one page so we made a bracket full of initials for you to use. You can find out what they stand for on the master list right here. Use all that information to make your own advance brackets for all 64. You might just win a trophy!

Seriously. We're gonna give away real trophies in three categories: "Most Right Answers" and "Least Right Answers" and a "Prettiest Hand-Made Bracket" as well. Get started on your brackets RIGHT NOW and put 'em in the comments of this post before the end of the week. We'll name our three trophy winners at the start of April when we reveal the one-hit wonder winner!

Today, though, Scott's gonna get things revved up by previewing four great matchups to come (and one that could have been). Let's get ready to MAAAAAAAARCH

70s Bracket: King Harvest - Dancing In The Moonlight vs Pilot - Magic

 

In the '70s bracket, it's pretty much a race between what WAS on a Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack and what WILL BE on a Guardians Of The Galaxy soundtrack. Both these catchy songs are solid contenders for Vol. 2! But only one of them will move on in our Music Madness event. Which will you be voting for? You'll get your chance real soon!

Remember: the voting starts on Wednesday, March 1st. Today's just a little preview of the whole event. But what an event, eh? More future matchups to come, after the jump!

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Saturday, February 25